an ambient opera in three acts
music for voting
To “congress” is to walk together.
from Latin congressum, the past participle of congredior (“I go, come together”), itself from con- + gradior (“I go, step”)
con•gress is an ambient opera
It is created from recordings of official proceedings for the 115th U.S. Congress (2017-18). Speeches and debates form a libretto harmonized into arias and duets. Cadence creates rhythm and tempo. The pitch of spoken words becomes a musical score.
Senate President Joe Biden, Senate President-Elect Mike Pence, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Patrick Conroy (House Chaplain), Karen Haas (Clerk of the House), Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Al Green (D-TX), Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN)